Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry

Overview of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, is a technique used by dentists to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures. It involves the use of medication to induce a state of sedation or relaxation, allowing patients to undergo dental treatments without feeling anxious or uncomfortable.

A Comfortable Solution for Dental Anxiety

Although we do our best to ensure our practice is relaxing and very welcoming, we know some people find visiting a dentist a stressful experience. We do understand and ask that you talk to us about your concerns so we can work out a way to help you. There are lots of things we can do to reassure you, for example giving you a simple hand signal to stop treatment at any time, but sedation dentistry can be very helpful.

We Offer Nitrous Oxide or Penthrox

Coastal Smiles is able to offer patients two different types of inhalation sedation which are nitrous oxide (happy gas) and penthrox. Both are extremely safe and will take effect very quickly. The gas is simply inhaled and will help you to feel more relaxed.

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose, using a small, comfortable mask, while penthrox is inhaled through the mouth using a small handheld device. We will carefully monitor you during this treatment. If you use nitrous oxide, you will be able to drive yourself home after treatment, but with penthrox you will need someone with you to drive you home and you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for 24 hours afterwards.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 9971 8992 or drop by the practice at Suite 1, 5 Dee Why Parade, Dee Why NSW 2099.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, is a dental procedure in which sedatives are used to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during their dental treatments.

There are several types of sedation available for dental procedures, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (pills or liquid medication), and intravenous (IV) sedation.

Yes, sedation dentistry is generally considered safe when administered by a trained and licensed dental professional. Your dentist will evaluate your medical history and any medications you are taking to determine if sedation is a safe option for you.

The level of sedation you receive will depend on the type of sedation used and your individual needs. With nitrous oxide or oral sedation, you will be awake but very relaxed. With IV sedation, you may be in a state of deep relaxation or sleep.

After your sedation dentistry procedure, you may feel groggy or drowsy for several hours, and you will need someone to drive you home. Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure and when you can resume normal activities.

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